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BUSINESS BULLETIN 54 / 2001

Wednesday 28 March 2001

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.

Health and Community Care Committee

10th Meeting, 2001

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Items in Private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/57).

3. Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

4. Budget Process 2002/03: The Committee will agree witnesses.

5. PE 145 Vaccinations and Autistic Spectrum Disorder: The Committee will consider the draft report.

Justice 2 Committee

5th Meeting, 2001

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 2, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Drugs and Driving: The Committee will consider possible lines of questioning for Item 3.

3. Drugs and Driving: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Joanne Neale, Centre for Drug Misuse, University of Glasgow and Dave Ingram, Becki Lancaster and Simon Anderson, System Three Social Research;

Assistant Chief Constable David Mellor, Road Policing Standing Committee, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland; Inspector Paul Fleming, Constables Nicholas Roberts and Andrea Russell, Strathclyde Police Force.

4. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

The Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Portree) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/64)

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/74)

The Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order (SSI 2001/83).

5. Proposed International Criminal Court Bill: The Committee will consider the approach to the proposed Bill.

6. European Document: The Committee will consider follow up from the briefing from the Scottish Executive.

7. Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service: The Committee will consider an issues paper.

8. Draft Land Reform Bill: The Committee will consider which Justice Committee will examine the draft Land Reform Bill.

Standards Committee

5th Meeting, 2001

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

1. Item in Private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Lobbying: The Committee will consider an issues paper.

3. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider applications for approval from Cross-Party Groups in the Scottish Parliament on:

Chronic Pain

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

4. Standards Commissioner: The Committee will consider a draft committee report.

Transport and the Environment Committee

9th Meeting, 2001

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Timetabling for committee meetings (in private): The Committee will consider a paper on timetabling of committee meetings.

2. Budget Process 2002-03 (in private): The Committee will consider the names of possible witnesses on the budget process for 2002-03.

3. Water Inquiry (in private): The Committee will review evidence taken on its inquiry into water and the water industry.

4. Inquiry into the Management and Maintenance of Trunk Roads (in private): The Committee will consider the names of possible witnesses and advisers on its inquiry.

Justice 1 Committee

9th Meeting, 2001

The Committee will meet at 12.30 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Budget Process 2002/3: The Committee will consider its approach to the budget process 2002/3.

2. Appointment of an Adviser: The Committee will consider a proposal for the appointment of an adviser on the budget process 2002/3.

Justice 2 Committee

6th Meeting, 2001

The Committee will meet at 12.30 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Budget Process 2002/3: The Committee will consider its approach to the budget process 2002/3.

2. Appointment of an Adviser: The Committee will consider a proposal for the appointment of an adviser on the budget process 2002/3.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Katie Gallagher, Sixth Year Student at Holy Rood Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh

followed by Debate on Tourism and the Economy—

S1M-1797 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Tourism and the Economy—That the Parliament notes the grave impact which the foot-and-mouth crisis is having on the tourism industry; believes that conflicting information about the disease both at home and abroad, further jeopardises Scottish tourism; believes that more must be done to secure the future of the tourism industry and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the following recovery plan— (i) immediate action to enable and ensure efficient crisis management, including a public information campaign through the press and broadcast media to make people aware of what can and cannot be done in the crisis; (ii) interim support measures to prevent bankruptcy throughout the duration of the crisis including a rates relief package for the months of April, May and June; interest free loans for affected industries and an exemption to be sought by the Scottish Executive from Her Majesty's Treasury for VAT and National Insurance contributions over a similar period for crisis-affected industries; and (iii) a recovery strategy to ensure the success of the summer tourist season, beginning immediately and including an emergency Scottish advertising campaign in all key markets.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-1797.2 Ms Wendy Alexander: Tourism and the Economy—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1797) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "recognises the impact of the Foot and Mouth outbreak on the tourism industry; welcomes the Executive’s measures to minimise the effect on tourism through public information; endorses the support to businesses in the form of hardship relief, and supports the commitment to appropriate and effective marketing by visitscotland."

S1M-1797.1 Miss Annabel Goldie: Tourism and the Economy—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1797) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from "on the tourism industry" to end and insert "in Scotland on the tourism industry and businesses within the affected areas; believes that conflicting information about the disease, both at home and abroad, further jeopardises Scottish tourism; further believes that more must be done to secure the future of the tourism industry, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the following recovery plan for tourism and businesses within the affected areas: (i) immediate action to enable and ensure efficient crisis management, including a public information campaign through the press and broadcast media to make people aware of what can and cannot be done during the crisis, (ii) a moratorium on liability for business rates and council tax, (iii) a moratorium to be sought by the Scottish Executive from HM Treasury on liability for payment of national taxes, (iv) the establishment of a designated crisis area within the local authority area of Dumfries and Galloway to which the foregoing moratoria would apply, (v) the establishment of a hardship loan scheme to address the problem of cash flow facing many essentially sound businesses in the designated crisis area and (vi) a robust recovery strategy to be implemented by the Scottish Executive and relative agencies to market Scotland as a world class tourist destination."

followed by Debate on the Financial Powers of the Parliament—

S1M-1794 Andrew Wilson: Financial Powers of the Parliament—That the Parliament notes that the current devolution settlement gives the Scottish Parliament fewer financial powers than any other Parliament in the world; further notes, that while devolution is a recognition of the need and desirability for policy divergences within the United Kingdom, the financial settlement underpinning it is designed explicitly to produce convergence in public expenditure; recognises that two thirds of Scots already support the devolution of full financial powers to the Scottish Parliament and calls for the Scottish Executive to respond to this growing consensus and bring forward proposals to deliver full financial powers to the Parliament.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-1794.1 Angus MacKay: Financial Powers of the Parliament—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1794) in the name of Andrew Wilson, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "supports the financial framework for devolution as set out by the Scottish Constitutional Convention and supported by the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats; notes that the Barnett formula has provided a stable fiscal framework for government expenditure in Scotland; and welcomes the current record level of public expenditure in Scotland."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S1M-1800 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committees—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

The Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Feeding Stuffs (Sampling Analysis) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/104).

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business—

debate on the subject of—

S1M-1368 Pauline McNeill: Drug Assisted Sexual Assault—That the Parliament notes the findings of the Home Office/Police Research Awards study on Drug Assisted Sexual Assault undertaken by DCI Peter Sturman of the Metropolitan Police; believes that drug assisted rape and sexual assault is a serious cause for concern, and notes that DCI Sturman’s research progresses the debate on this matter and should be fully considered by the Parliament.

 
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